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Moon Express reveals its MX-1 lunar lander

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Moon Express, a private company that proposes to set up mining operations on the lunar surface, unveiled the design of if MX-1 lunar lander on December 5, 2013 in Los Vegas during the closing day of the Autodesk University conference. MX-1 is an all purpose spacecraft that can not only deliver small payloads to the moon, but also service satellites, deploy cubsats in Earth orbit, and clean up space debris.

MX-1 is powered by solar cells and uses hydrogen peroxide as fuel. According to the lunar lander is about the size of a coffee table, weighs 1,320 pounds, and can deliver 132 pounds of payload to the lunar surface.

The first flight of the MX-1 is scheduled for late 2015 in which Moon Express will attempt to win the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize by deploying a small rover on the lunar surface. It intends to make money landing both commercial and government payloads on the moon. Eventually it intends to mine the moon for water and other desirable materials.

No one has landed on the moon since the mid 1970s. Currently the Chinese Chang'e 3 is on its way to the lunar surface.



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